Monday, March 26, 2018

Black Panther Origins

I finally saw Black Panther over the weekend! I usually wait until movies are available on DVD before I see them. But my mom wanted to see this one because all her friends have and can't stop talking about it. So I went with her and my youngest son. My oldest saw it opening weekend with a friend.

I do enjoy the Avengers movies and I must say Black Panther was pretty spectacular! I'm glad I got to see it on the big screen. However, before hearing about the movie, I had no idea Black Panther was a Marvel character. Yet I admit, I'm really not familiar with any of the characters, other than Spider Man because of the cartoon series way back when.

Now that I've seen the movie. I thought I'd share its Marvel origins, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Black Panther is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four#52 (cover-dated July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Black Panther's real name is T'Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the heart shaped herb, T'Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced technology to combat his enemies.

Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics, having debuted years before early African American superheroes such as Marvel Comics' the Falcon (1969), Luke Cage (1972) and Blade (1973), or DC Comics' John Stewart in the role of Green Lantern (1971). In one comic book storyline, the Black Panther mantle is handled by Kasper Cole, a multiracial New York City police officer. Beginning as an impersonator, Cole would later take on the moniker of White Tiger and become an ally to T'Challa. The role of Black Panther and leadership of Wakanda is also given to T'Challa's sister Shuri for a time when he is left recovering from critical injuries.

All that was new to me! Had you ever heard of Marvel's Black Panther before the movie? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!


William Kendall said...

T'Challa's a great character. Part of the movie is influenced by the run Christopher Priest has done on the character, which has been collected in whole. Priest's run is one of the best comic book runs ever done, in my opinion. Just takes a bit of getting used to, because he very deliberately jumps around back and forth with his narrative, and he's using Ross, who he created, to narrate the story.

The current writer on the title,Ta Neshisi Coates, is very good too.

Maria McKenzie said...

William, thanks for that insight! You know your comics;). I'll assume you enjoyed the movie too.